Alexei Sorokin has been named as the Russian delegate on the Fifa Council, the strategic committee for soccer’s global governing body.
Sorokin, the chief executive of the organising committee for the 2018 Fifa World Cup, was unanimously elected by members of the European soccer confederation at an extraordinary Uefa Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was the only candidate. He becomes the eighth of the nine European delegates on the 37-member Fifa Council.
The seat, which runs until 2021, had been left vacant since May when Vitaly Mutko - Russia’s current deputy prime minister and controversial former minister of sport - was formally forced to step down and subsequently barred from standing for re-election.
Gianni Infantino, president of Fifa, said of the appointment: "I am very happy and he is very happy as well. I congratulate Alexei on being elected."
Meanwhile, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli and Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis were elected to join the Uefa executive committee. Both men will serve four-year terms.